Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Julia Vanishes: A Novel by Catherine Egan

Julia Vanishes
A Novel by Catherine Egan
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Canada

This is one of those books that you have to read quickly because you have the perfect person to pass it on to. Or maybe you keep all your magical books close at hand. One thing for sure - you will be excited for the next one!

Julia Vanishes is the first in a new magical series. Egan does a brilliant job of creating an engrossing tale within a perfectly thought out environment.

Magic, good versus evil, strong female characters.... a great new series for young and not so young women.

From the Back Flap:

The stunning first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy! Murder, thievery, witchcraft and betrayal--who could resist?

Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.
     Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom? Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
     The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.
     One that will she will be paying over this book and the two to follow.

CATHERINE EGAN grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, she has lived in Tokyo, Kyoto and Beijing; on a volcanic island in Japan (which erupted while she was there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now husband); on an oil rig in the middle of Bohai Bay; in New Jersey; and now in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently occupied with writing books and fighting dragon armies with her warrior children. You can read more about her at www.catherineegan.com